It’s been 20 years since a California jury found former football star O.J. Simpson not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. On Oct 3, 1995, people all across the country were tuned in to what was dubbed the “The Trial of the Century” to hear the verdict read aloud in court.
To this day, people are still talking about all the key factors, like the infamous gloves he tried on in court to the bloody size 12 Bruno Magli shoe print left behind at the crime scene. O.J. Simpson happens to wear a size 12.
Whoever wore the shoes in question chose the Italian shoes brand’s Lorenzo model.
TV news observers were fascinated with nearly every detail of the trial — even outside the gory crime. From the outrageous witnesses to sensational courtroom theater from the attorneys, one of the most memorable aspects of it all were the accessories — gloves and shoes. A bloody shoe print matching Bruno Magli’s size 12 Lorenzo boots was found at the crime scene.
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But the shoes were not found during the criminal case proceedings. Simpson denied wearing the luxury shoes.
Social media was abuzz with reflections on Simpson today. “They said oj had bought a pair of those shoes but the shoes were missing. it is logical that oj simpson killed Nicole brown simpson and ron goldman,” tweeted @barbara37133046, adding, “I believe oj killed them.”
In Simpson’s deposition for the civil case that followed the “not guilty” verdict, Simpson said he would never have worn “those ugly-ass shoes.”
“Wait, so oj Simpson really said ‘I would never wear those ugly ass shoes’ to the shoe print at the crime scene?” tweeted @AngelaOceguera.
However, during the civil trial a photograph was found of Simpson wearing the Bruno Magli shoes at a Bills game. Ultimately, the court found him liable for the deaths and he was ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages.
A CNN report published in 1997 said sales for the brand climbed 30 percent year-over-year during the trial, a revenue jump undoubtedly connected to the infamous case.
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